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Thank you y6!!

You’ve been amazing!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week – good luck at Secondary School. We will miss you but we know you are all ready for the next step – what exciting adventures await you at High School!

(Photos from “School Daze” will follow shortly)

End of Term Newsletter

Please see below Mr Bladon’s End of Term Newsletter

30 hours funded Early Education and Childcare

We are very excited to let you know that our Nursery will be offering 30 hours from September 2017.

As many of you would have heard in the media, the Government have said that they will fund children an additional 15 hours a week childcare, which will give up to 30 hours of funded time within Nurseries from September, for eligible 3 and 4 year olds. This funding has clear eligibility criteria (please see attached sheet).

The 30 hours of funding includes the 15 hours early education hours which all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to access. If your child is eligible for the additional 15 hours, these can be taken between 9am – 3pm.

If you wish to book your additional hours, please contact us by e-mail on bamptonadmin@swsf.org.  We are anticipating a large up take for additional hours, so please put your requests in as soon as possible – but only by e-mail please. Requests for additional hours will not be accepted by phone and nursery staff will not be able to accept or pass on requests.

To register to claim up to 30 hours free childcare visit this website

We have to have the code by the 30th August by the absolute latest, plus your National Insurance Number in order to validate your code. To prevent any problems we request that all codes are given to us by the end of term so that any problems can be swiftly sorted out.


Is it for me?

For working families in England

With 3 and 4-year-old children

An extra 15 hours a week of free childcare – so 30 in all

Parents of children who will be 3 on 31st August can apply now

If eligible, you’re entitled to an extra 570 hours of free childcare a year to use flexibly, so 1140 hours in total.

You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).  If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.

You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.

PTFA Summer Social

The PTFA are holding a Big Summer Social this year to coincide with our Sports day!

Please see the poster below for more details


Surf Lifesaving

KS2 had a wonderful time learning how to Surf Lifesave!

We were really proud of Fox and Stag class at their Surf Lifesaving Day. Everyone faced new challenges, whether it was swimming in the sea for the first time or coping with their first wipeout! We all learned new skills in how to make the beach environment safe and above all, it was a really, really fun day out. Thanks to all the staff and parent helpers who got us there! As you can see from the photos – it was a fabulous experience.

Splish, Splash, Splosh

We had a fantastic time at the National Aquarium as part of our Rivers and Coasts topic!


Our KS2 children learnt so much about life underwater – from sharks, manta rays and huge tuna fish to the smaller life in rockpools; it was a brilliant day for everyone.


You can see some of the photos we took during the day here:


Chicks in Otter Class

It has been a very eggciting week in Otter Class with the arrival of our new chicks.

For 21 days we had got used to the chiming sounds of the eggs rotating during our lesson times. However, things started to get moving on Tuesday when the eggs began to wobble.

On Wednesday we started seeing holes appearing in the egg where the chicks were making their daring escape into the big wide world, well just Otter Class.

Thursday morning we came in to see 6 chicks had hatched over night! During the day we looked at the new chicks and discussed how they had developed inside the egg and how challenging it is for them to break out. The chicks just kept coming!! We had 2 more hatch before break, 2 before lunch and then the last 2 in the afternoon!

It has been a great experience for Otter Class to see the beginning of this life cycle and we are looking forward to holding and feeding them next week.

Feel free to have a look at our new addition to Otter Class next week.


Newsletter 19 May

It’s been another busy week here at Bampton School. Here’s the newsletter for all those subscribed and also a copy of the School Pool help letter which went home with all children too.

Your School Pool Needs You!!

We have the most fantastic facility here at Bampton School and we want to make the most of it for our children, but we need your help. 

We always try to use the pool every day, so that the children build on their confidence and swimming ability – we feel that it is a really important life skill!

Fox class have progressed amazingly in their weekly sessions at Tiverton Pool and we’ve invested in this to ensure our KS2 children get access to sessions like this in the future. It’s also meant we are able to take part in Swimming Galas and Aquathlons.

We would like all children to be using our pool in the same way every day.

For us to use our pool safely and to comply with Devon County Council regulations, we need at least two adults in the swimming pool enclosure as well as the teacher, to teach a whole class.

We already have qualified swimming teachers, however, during the day we also feel that it is important that we continue to run educational intervention programmes. With current budgeting constraints, we don’t always have the staff to do both.

It is difficult to run the pool in the way we want without volunteers.

Could you spare some time to help us please? We try and use the pool every day in the following sessions:

  • 9-11 (particularly Mondays)

  • 11-12                   

  • 1.45-3

Any help would be really welcome, please let us know via bamptonadmin@swsf.org or call 01398 331121.

Friday May 5th Newsletter

We hope you had a good Bank Holiday weekend – it was a busy one for our Year 6s with Exmoor Challenge! With news on that and more, please see our Newsletter below: